SLAVE LABOURERS AND SABOTAGE

PoW SS 3 Min Read

Spontaneous and organized forms of disguised labor struggle must be distinguished from such individual acts of resistance. They required maximum cover, absolute reliability, technical ingenuity, and an orientation beyond the immediate situation. Sabotage was aimed not at husbanding physical energies but at harming the adversary, whether for reasons of personal revenge or for military or political motives. Consequently, it was…

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HIWIS [1]

The German prisoner of war camps, containing millions of Soviet prisoners, were a potential source of manpower. Faced with bad treatment and starvation and a distinct possibility of dying, an increasing number of Russian prisoners volunteered to work for the Germans in exchange for better food and conditions. The volunteers…

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AIREY NEAVE

Airey Neave in the fake German uniform he used to escape Colditz. Colditz the TV Series On 24 May 1940, Lt Airey Neave and his men found themselves fighting a rearguard battle against overwhelming German Forces of the 10th Panzer Division, in the town of Calais. Neave was part of…

PoW SS Ukraine 10 Min Read

THE STORY OF HITLER’S ‘MIRACLE WEAPON’

When the Soviets advanced into eastern Germany, the Nazis tried to quickly evacuate the jet factory. But by then, it was too late for the jet to have much effect on the outcome of the war. By Uli Suckert At the very end of World War II, Nazi dictator Adolf…

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Soviet Prisoners of War

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Hilfswillige – Hiwi

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PoW Ukraine 5 Min Read

TRAWNIKI MEN

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